Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Istanbul

House Café
Super-slick and ultra-hip chain of cafes filled with immaculately beautiful young things...
House Hotel Galatasaray
Found in the artistic Çukurcuma district, the House Hotel Galatasaray is an elegant place to stay for those looking for style and substance.
I’Zaz
Tiny and kooky boutique guesthouse with only four rooms is adored by young creatives.
Ìàukurcuma
The city's funky antiques district. Don't leave Istanbul without picking up one of the beautiful artefacts to be found on the streets of Çukurcuma.
Ibrahim Pasa Hotel
Located in a late Ottoman house, the Ibrahim Pasa is a charming blend of the traditional and the contemporary - one of the best small hotels in Istanbul.
Indigo
Foodies flock in their droves to Indigo Restaurant with a reservations book that's always fit-to-bursting with high-profile names...
Isis
Isis is located in Kadiköy on the Asian shore and is perfect for a break from super-smart cocktail bars...
Islamic Arts Museum
Turkish carpets, illuminated Korans, calligraphy wood carvings, porcelain and much much more is on show in this house-Museum. Located in the HippodRome just opposite the Blue Mosque.
Istanbul Airport Express
Istanbul Modern
Housed in a former warehouse in Karaköy, Istanbul Modern is one of the few places in the city to see Turkey's more recent artistic achievements.
Istiklal Caddesi
Long and highstreety shopping on Istiklal Caddesi lacks the charm of the Old Town Bazaars and the style of Nisantasti's chic boutiques, but nevertheless there are some interesting shops.
Istinye Park
A random roof design, swathes of designer outlets and Istanbul’s first IMAX theatre – what more could you want from a mall?
Jolly Joker Balans
Harking back to our days of innocence, this college-inspired venue makes us nostalgic for yesteryears. 
K.V.
In contrast with Beyoglu's uber-cool bars and traditional taverns, the elegant K.V. offers a hint of Old Stamboul with its tasteful mix of Viennese and Parisian styles which once gave Pera its dash.
Kahve Dunyasi
If the Modern's cafe doesn't appeal, pop into the charming bustling Kahve Dunyasi for a chocolate fix.
Kallavi
A fasil music bar that really gets the locals jigging about in an orgy of delight...
Kanyon
If you've exhausted the shopping potential of Abdi Ipekci Caddesi, head to Kanyon for a designer fix. A luxe open-air shopping mall home to a range of homegrown and international brands.
Karaköy Fish Market
An array of simple yet authentic fare that's one of the most affordable in the city.
Karaköy Güllüoglu
THE place to go in Istanbul for some proper local baklava...
Karaköy Lokantasi
A taste of Italy in Istanbul, complete with hearty seafood - not to be missed...
Karga
Under the radar yet full of originality, Karga's subversive yet creative atmosphere is just the thing for an art-inspired, laid-back crowd. 
Kemer Golf Club
Located to the north of Istanbul, towards the Belgrad Forest, Kemer Golf and Country Club stretches over 500-acres and has pretty much every leisure activity you could possibly want.
Kino Garden
This tiny, trendy Asmalimescit bar attracts a different cool crowd to the glamorati that frequent Leb-i-Derya and 360o - Kino is popular with younger creative types with slightly less cash.
Kiva Han
In the surprisingly cafe-empty area surrounding the mysterious Galata Tower, Kiva Han has found itself the perfect niche; the perfect spot for a quiet brunch in the open air.
Kiz Kulesi
An immensely popular landmark despite its lack of historical or architectural significance, the Maiden's Tower is located just off the Asian Shore on a rocky outcrop.
Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı
Klassis Golf & Country Club
Körfez
A must for guests of the A'jia hotel (also in Kanlica) Korfez attracts diners from across the city. Take the restaurant's water taxi across the Bosphorus for a memorable evening of excellent fish in a beautiful setting. sty
Kösk Hamam
A men's only hammam, it's a straightforward and no-frills venue attracting a gay crowd during its opening hours.
Kubbeli Saloon Tea Lounge
An exception to the Fawlty Towers-esque feel that pervades the Pera Palace Hotel, the Patisserie and Terrace Bar are a charming option for a cake and slice of high Victorian grandeur.
Kumkapi Meyhanes
Although popularity with the tourist hordes has taken some of the joy out of eating at the Kumkapi Meyhanes, it is still a fun experience on a warm night. The fish is, as always, delicious.
Kybele Hotel
A decidedly maximalist design ethos, zany colour scheme and plethora of Turkish lamps set the tone of this charmingly off-beat hotel in Sultanahmet.
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Leb-i Derya Richmond
This second Leb-i-Derya is more restaurant than bar. Whilst it shares fabulous city and Bosphorus views with its sister restaurant nearby, this restaurant in the central Richmond hotel is perfect for a romantic dinner. styl
Leb-i-Derya
Stunning panoramic views and crisply contemporary styling make Leb-i-Derya a hit with Istanbul's fashionable crowd. The bar comes into its own as the evening wears on so it's perfect for post-dinner drinks.=display:n"
Leyla
Part of the Cihangir social scene - think fashionable creative types - the multi-facted Leyla is perfect for a coffee and mid-morning snack or light lunch whilst you're exploring the local boutiques.
Limonlu Bahçe
Just steps off the rather hectic Istiklal Caddesi, Limonlu Bahçe is more than just a garden cafe it's a haven a peaceful respite from the high-street madness nearby. You might never want to leave.=display:"
Lokal
Effortlessly contemporary, Lokal is a sparse, minimalist space that gives local German cuisine a fresh reinvention. 
Lokanta Maya
Local fare with a taste of global flavour from superstar chef Didem Senol. Not to be missed if you can help it...
Lush
Colourful, small-ish hotel with a low-key atmosphere that is rare in this bustling party area of Istanbul. Stylish and modern yet cosy and welcoming, the Lush hotel is capturing a niche market so book in quickly. =di"

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